AIB award winning artists Anne Cleary and Denis Connolly have exhibited worldwide, and are the only Irish artists to have had a solo exhibition in the Pompidou Centre in Paris.

They are Ireland’s foremost new-media artists, regularly incorporating innovative new technologies into their work to produce art that is both engaging and significant.

Cleary Connolly’s work is always participative, both in its creative process and in its final engagement with the spectator. They coined the term “observer participation” to describe their work, affirming that an artwork is not just an observation on the world but an active participation in the world .

Exhibitions include: Farmleigh Gallery, Dublin (2012); Dublin Contemporary (2011); The Barbican, London (2010); The Pompidou Centre, Paris (2009); Sesc Pompéia, Sao Paulo (2009); Yokohama Triennial, Japan (2005).

Extract from RVB. 2004

ANNE CLEARY & DENIS CONNOLLY have lived and worked in Paris since 1990.

They have two children, (their best work to date):

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Working on the optics for the Meta-Perceptual Helmets

Paris, April 2014




2015         THE META-PERCEPTION TOUR : Galway, Spraoi, Kilkenny and Bandon Arts Festivals.

                THE META-PERCEPTION CLUB : Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.

2014        META-PERCEPTUAL HELMETS FOR THE DEAD ZOO: National Museum, Dublin.

                PARTICLES OR WAVES: Limerick City of Culture, Limerick.

2013         THE ABSENT ARCHITECT: Casino at Marino, Dublin.

                LOOK BOTH WAYS: Hôtel de Ville, Paris.

2012           HALL OF MIRRORS: Far mleigh Gallery, Dublin.

2010         STILL LIFE WITH: The Hunt Museum, Limerick.

2009        POURQUOI PAS TOI? Centre Pompidou, Paris.

2008        MOVING DUBLIN: Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris.


2016     BIZARRO À ST-GERMAIN-DES-PRÉS, Paris, 15 september - 30 october 2016

            PLACE DE L’EUROPE, Paris, Irish Pavilion, 18 June - 10 July 2016

            LUMIERE, Festival of Light, London, UK, January 2016

2015     LUMIERE Festival of Light, Durham, UK, November 2015

           LIVERPOOL IRISH Arts Festival, Liverpool, October 2015

            GLITCH, Digital Arts Festival, Dublin, June 2015

2013        LUMIERE, Festival of Light, Derry City of Culture, Derry/London Derry, NI

2012     TULCA, Season of Visual Arts, Galway, Ireland.

2011         ARTSFEST,  Barbican Centre and City of London Academy, London, UK.

            DUBLIN CONTEMPORARY, Dublin, Ireland.

2010        BARBICAN WEEKENDER,  Barbican Centre, London, UK.

            CLOSE TO HAND, Crawford Gallery, Cork, Ireland. July 23 – October 9.


2016      Marconi Station.  Commissioner: Galway County Council and Failte Eireann.

            10 outdoor artworks for the Marconi Heritage its in Clifton, County Galway.

            Run River Run. Commissioner: Galway University Hospital and the HSE.

            A series of integrated artworks for the new hospital ward wing.

2015     Walk the Walk. Commissioner: Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

            Permanent outdoor artwork, for the Building Peace through the Arts Programme.

            Walkers of Air.  Commissioner: Loreto Secondary School Kilkenny.

            Participative Art Project resulting in a series of permanent artworks on glass.

2014     My Feet Don’t Touch The Ground. Commissioner: Ardscoil Na Mara, Tramore.

            Participative Art Project resulting in 5 permanent artworks on glass.

2013      The Sky’s the Limit. Commissioner: Saint Patrick’s College, Cavan.

            Participative Art Project/5 permanent artworks, including light, print and sculpture.

2012     One Small Step, One Giant Leap. Commissioner : Sallins National School, Kildare.

            Participative Art Project/permanent photographic installation on glass.

            Look Both Ways. Commissioner : Railway Procurement Authority, Dublin.

            Video art project and iPhone App.

2011        LEAP:  Commissioner : Barbican Centre,  London, UK.

                Participative Art Project/permanent photographic installation on glass.

                On Sight. Commissioner : Mayo County Council, Castlebar, County Mayo.

                4 permanent sculptural/video installations on a lake.



2015        Arts Council Touring Award, Ireland

2013        Arts Council Project Award, Ireland

                Election to the Academy of Urbanism UK (Anne Cleary)

2012        Arts Council Touring Award, Ireland

2010        Arts Council Project Award, Ireland

2009        AIB Award for Emerging Irish Artists of Exceptional Talent, Irlande.



École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture, Nantes.

UFR Arts, Philosophie, Esthétique, Université Paris-VIII.

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris.

Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, Paris.

Forum des Sciences Cognitive, Paris.


National School of  Art and Design, Dublin.

DIT School of  Art, Design & Printing, Dublin.

Limerick School of  Art and Design, Limerick.


Bergen Academy of  Art and Design, Bergen.


2011      Edge ° 4 – Anne Cleary + Denis Connolly: In The Works. 

             Ed. John O’Regan, Gandon Editions, Kinsale. Foreword by Helen O’Donoghue.

             ISBN 978-0948037818.

2009      Moving Dublin - Anne Cleary & Denis Connolly.

            Ed. John O’Regan, Gandon Editions, Kinsale. Foreword Frank McDonald.

             ISBN 9780948037 696.

2007      Edge °2 – Anne Cleary + Denis Connolly: Past + Presence.

             Ed. John O’Regan, Gandon Editions, Kinsale.

            ISBN 978 0948037 511.


2015      Pour la Science, Loic Mangin,  “Dans la tête du chat du Cheshire”,  January. 

            Telerama, Thierry Voisin, “J’ai testé les Casques Méta-perceptuelles”, January.

2014      Irish Times, Aidan Dunne, “Cleary Connolly show us how the world looks to a       

            Hammerhead Shark”, 2 December.

            Architecture Ireland, “Particles or Waves, a Limerick City of Culture Project.”

2013     Art Forum, Gemma Tipton,  critic’s pick, June/July.

            Telerama, Thierry Voisin,  “Leur monde est tordu”, 27 March.

            Sunday Times, Eithne Shortall, “Mind bending helmets” 14 July.

            Irish Arts Review, Michaela Cutaya, “The Absent Architect”, Spring.

            Irish Times, Aidan Dunne “Tricks and Time Travel at the Casino” May 29th.

2012     Sunday Times, Cristín Leach Hughes, “ Time to make an exhibition of yourself” 17 June.

2011     Irish Arts Review, Helen O’Donoghue, “Cleary & Connolly, sans Frontières” Winter.

2010     Irish Arts Review, Sarah Finlay, “Still Life with…”,  vol 27, no.2.

2009     Frieze, Brian Dillon,  “City Report”,  Dublin’, vol. 124, June-August.